Lawrence Ferlinghetti

60 years of painting

  • Edited by Giada Diano, Elisa Polimeni
  • Binding Paperback with flaps
  • Size 23 x 28 cm
  • Pages 216
  • Illustrations 80
  • Language Italian, English
  • Year 2010
  • ISBN 9788836616398
  • Price € 30,00  € 28,50
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Poet, painter, main publisher of the Beat writers, founder of the historic City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, civil rights activist: here are the thousand faces of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, intellectual at-large and undisputed protagonist of contemporary American culture.
The exhibition traces the painting career of the artist: from the first technical tests of the Fifties, influenced by European avant-gardes, until the full expressive maturity of contemporary works. A creative process that faces, through 54 paintings, the major social issues of the last sixty years of history: from emigration to the death penalty, from intolerance to illusion, betrayed, of the American dream. The works of criticism of modern society, dedicated to suffering humanity that dwells in every suburb of pain, are joined by canvases lit by a fine pictorial lyricism, which represent what Ferlinghetti defines “lyrical escape”: an impulse to the power of beauty and the purity of pleasure, as instruments naturally opposed to hatred, “pure light untainted by pollution, political or environmental”.

Rome, February - April 2010
Reggio Calabria, May - July 2010


“Darkness is but a Fleeting Shadow to be Swept Away by more light”
Giada Diano

Critical Essays

Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the Culture in Action
Maria Anita Stefanelli

“Paint the Sunlight and All the Dark Corners too.” The Art of Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Susan and Carl Landauer

“Yet I Have Slept with Beauty in my Own Weird Way.” The Memory of Europe in the Painting of Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Melania Gazzotti, Anna Villari



“It’s an Eternal Battle with the Image”
Rita Bottoms

“How to Paint Sunlight on the Face of Life...” Atelier Lumière, in the Studio of the Artist
Elisa Polimeni

Instructions to Painters and Poets


Prizes and Recognitions
Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Painting. A Selected Bibliography